Peru has it all: rich history, enduring mysticism, natural wonders and vibrant culture. The gods the Incas worshipped can be felt amongst the temple ruins and verdant mountains. The Quechua legacy can be tasted in authentic Peruvian dishes and felt in weaving patterns handed down across the ages. And the Inca Trail embodies everything Peru: past and future.
Join us on an indulgent journey through Peru’s panoramas as you trek along the Inca Trail—South America’s most iconic trek in First Class style. Follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations with stunning views of the Urubamba River and the encompassing snow-capped mountains. As you make your way to the lost city of Machu Picchu, tucked away into a jungle, discover lesser-known Incan ruins and fall asleep in luxury, immersed in wild Peruvian landscapes. Peru is still full of secrets: have fun uncovering them as you take a walk through history.
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Fly into Lima, where your Peruvian adventure takes off. A Peru Unbound representative greets you upon arrival and escorts you to your hotel. Enjoy an evening exploring Lima’s many delicious dining options before bed!
Lima, Cusco and The Sacred Valley
Depart from Lima early with a flight to Cusco. From there, today’s journey takes you into the verdant reaches of the Sacred Valley. On the way, we stop at the vibrant Pisac Market, where Peruvian locals travel from across the region to sell and buy authentic goods. Relax with a fresh lunch before continuing our journey to the sprawling city of Ollantaytambo. This fortress represents the best of Incan urban planning, and you can wonder at the temples, terraces, quarries, military defenses and storehouses—not to mention the impressively large boulders and stone structures the Incas used to decorate.
This evening finds you in the Sacred Valley, where you enjoy an authentic Peruvian dinner before bed.
Explore Chinchero, Maras and Moray
Begin your morning with a journey to the town of Chinchero, where you come upon the ruins of an ancient Incan palace, a Spanish colonial church and impressive stacks of cultivation terraces. From there we make our way to the town of Maras, perhaps best known for being littered with saltwater pools known as “trabajos de sal.” Locals visit these pools to collect the salt remaining from the evaporated water. If we have time, you will continue your exploration into Peru’s agriculture with a visit to Moray, a town which still boasts fine cultivation terraces. Scholars believe the Incas attempted to adapt plants to the region’s high altitude by creating microclimates here.
This evening, return to the Sacred Valley for another night of exploration and fine dining!
Hiking the Inca Trail from KM 82 to Huayllabama
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before traveling to Piscakucho, also known as the Km 82, where we set off on the Inca Trail escorted by porters. Trek along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains that encompass the Sacred Valley. As you hike, discover Incan ruins hidden amongst the semi-arid terrain. Arrive at the first campsite, Huayllabamba, by late afternoon to enjoy a hot shower and perhaps a massage before a fine dinner cooked by your personal chef.
Hiking Distance: Km. 82 to Huayllabamba: 11 km / 6 hours app
Hike from Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo
A greater hiking challenge faces you today. Enjoy a healthy breakfast surrounded by incredible views before setting off toward the Warmihuañusca Pass. From here, you may see the paths leading to the Runkurakay ruins and the Vilcabamba mountain range. Relax and soak in the views before beginning on the second stretch of the hike: a descent to Pacaymayo, where we make up your luxury camp. Enjoy a glass of champagne or classic pisco sour before another delicious dinner prepared by your chef.
Hiking Distance: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo: 7km / 7 hours app
Hike from Pacaymayo to Phuyupatamarca
Rise to breathtaking sights and fresh air before departing Pacaymayo. A zigzagging, but short, ascent takes you to the circular Runkurakay ruins. Explore and take in the sweeping views before descending the well-preserved stone Inca road.
Our trek eventually takes you to the steps leading to the Sayacmarca ruins, from which the stone road continues into the lush jungle and the Phuyupatamarca ruins. A highlight of today is crossing “The Tunnel”—a natural cavity produced by a landslide but then adapted by the Incas. Cross a small pass before coming to some steep steps under which lies the ceremonial center of the Phuyupatamarca ruins. Here, amongst nature and history, we make camp for the day.
Hiking Distance: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca: 7 km / 5 hours
Hike Phuyupatamarca to Wiñaywayna and on to Macchu Picchu
Continue along the Inca Trail this morning as you make your way to Wiñaywayna, the main archaeological site after Machu Picchu citadel. Explore the site’s rich history and stunning views of the Urubamba valley and river.
The path then leads you to the Wiñay Wayna ruins and then on to Inti Punku, or the Gate of the Sun—our last pass for the day. From the Gate of the Sun, the extensive sprawl of Machu Picchu looks as surreal as it looks beautiful. Enjoy the views before resting your legs with a ride to Aguas Calientes, where you can relax after a long day and indulge in a delicious dinner.
Hiking Distance: Phuypatamarca – Wiñaywayna - Machupicchu: 9 km
Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Cusco
Wake up to a fresh breakfast before traveling to Machu Picchu City for a different look at the incredible lost city. Visit the Intihuatana temple, the temple of the moon, the sun gate, ceremonial fountain and terraces as you wander this ancient citadel.
This afternoon, travel back to Aguas Calientes before returning to Cusco by train. Enjoy a relaxed farewell dinner at one of Cusco’s final restaurant before bed.
Cusco City Tour and Transfer to Airport
Fit in a final morning of exploration on the last day of your Peruvian adventure. This morning takes you to Cusco’s Historical Centre, where you discover Huacaypata, or the Warrior’s Square, as well as the Spanish colonial El Triunfo constructed on top of the ancient temple of Suntur Was (House of God). Our tour continues on to the Convent of Santo Domingo, also constructed on top of Incan ruins. Below the church lies the Incan temple Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun, said to have walls plated in gold. Lastly, visit the ruins of the city of Cusco as well as the massive Incan fortress Sacsayhuamán.
After this morning’s tour through history, travel to the Cusco airport to meet your return flight home.
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FAQ & More
Weather in Peru varies by region, for the coast (Lima, Ica, Nazca, Mancora, Trujillo) the best time to visit are the months of November to March when it is summer on the coast. In February in particular you have events like Carnaval, a very fun time of year on the coast. You can visit coastal cities during the winter (June to August) but Lima will be fairly overcast and cold as well as some other coastal cities.
For Andean cities such as Cusco, Ayacucho, Huaraz, Puno and Cajamarca the best time to visit is during their dry season which runs from May to September. During this time you can expect warm days and chilly nights and very little rain.
The Amazon Jungles of Peru have two season and they both can be equally rewarding. If seeing lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying a slightly cooler temperature) is your thing, then the December to May might be your best choice. (Remember: Despite being the "rainy" season, the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than falls in the low water season). If jungle hikes, exotic migratory on their way through Amazonia, still having the chance to see monkeys and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions top your list, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season (June - November).
U.S citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru as long as it's a tourist visit of less than 90 days. You will be given your visa upon arrival in Lima. It's important that you hold on to this visa as many hotels will ask to see this document in order to exempt you from the IGV or Peruvian Sales Tax.
As Visa and Entry Requirements can change without prior notice, we recommend you check the current regulations before your trip to Peru with the nearest Peruvian Consulate or Embassy.
There are no required vaccinations to visit Peru unless you plan to visit remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon, in which case you will need a yellow fever shot and you may want to take malaria medication as well. The Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos areas have not seen cases of either Malaria or Yellow fever in recent times.
Check with your Travel doctor regarding visiting Peru, we strongly recommend you bring medications for bacterial infections (Ciprofloxacin) that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness. For more Health Information for Travelers in Peru visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Altitude sickness, also known as Soroche in Peru, occurs when there is not enough oxygen reaching your brain. This typically occurs at elevations over 10,000ft. Shortness of breath and a pounding heart are the first symptoms as the thin air in high altitude can make you feel light headed and dizzy. As your symptoms progress you can get extremely nauseous and suffer from vomiting and intense headaches if not remedied by either medication or descending in altitude.
Preventing altitude sickness is easy, always allow for an extra day to acclimate when you visit in a location with high altitude. Relax in your hotel and lie down, drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous exercise. It can take up to a week to become full acclimated, many travelers don't have that amount of time so in order to acclimate fastest it is best to take it easy, avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy foods. If you begin to feel mild symptoms then we recommend you drink some Coca Tea (legal in Peru), even drinking carbonated drinks like Coca Cola help. It's important to realize that you get altitude sickness by not feeding your brain enough oxygen, so make sure you are breathing well, take decongestants if you have a cold or can't breathe well. Prescription medications such as Diamox can also be a great help.
In the higher elevation locations such as Cusco it is possible to purchase oxygen and buy medications in case you are having a real hard time acclimating. Most larger hotels in these areas can also offer extra oxygen to be pumped in your room for an additional charge.
Travel insurance is recommended to protect your trip as well as your belongings and scheduling should any unforeseen events arise. Guests must provide their own travel insurance. If you decide not to purchase travel insurance then you are directly responsible for your own belongings and wellbeing. Our guides will always be around to help you should any situation arise, however when it comes to paying for any medical expenses or additional flights due to airline cancellations, you will be responsibile for these.
The weather in Peru varied; it has 28 of the world's 32 different climates. Generally speaking, May through October is the dry season; November through April is the rainy season, and the wettest months are January through April in the highlands. In mountain areas, roads and trek paths may become impassable. Peru's climate, though, is markedly different among its three vastly different regions. The coast is predominantly arid and mild, the Andean region (highlands) is temperate to cold, and the eastern lowlands are tropically warm and humid.
On the desert coast, summer (Dec-Apr) is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 77°-95°F or more along the north coast. In winter (May-Oct), temperatures are much milder, though with high humidity. Much of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded in a gray mist called garua. Only the extreme northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.
In the highlands from May to October, rain is scarce. Daytime temperatures reach a warm (68°-77°F, and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July. Rainfall is very abundant from December to March, when temperatures are slightly milder 64°-68°F. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours.
Though the Amazon jungle is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it, too, experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86°-100°F during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell, and temperatures are humid.
Packing for your trip depends on the season and locations you will be visiting. Peru has almost all of the world’s climates nestled between the coast, the Andes and the Jungle. For that reason it is important that you to pack layered clothing, that is bring a piece of clothing for both hot and warm conditions, clothing you can take on and off easily as the climates change. Refer to the provided packing list for details of what to bring on your specific trip.
Peru is generally safe to visit and the security in the major cities is getting better as the economy and tourism grows. That is not to say that there is no crime, like any of the other big cities of the world opportunistic crimes such as pickpocketing and theft are present. Below are some tips to minimize your chance of falling victim to these crimes.
1. Travel in groups and avoid dark streets at night – Basic advice but good. Thieves will target you if you stumble alone into a dark street. Avoid areas that are not well lit, this applies even if you are in a group
2. When using ATM, have a friend with you – They can keep guard from behind when using an ATM and always check that the card entry slot has not been tampered with.
3. Keep belongings out of site in vehicles - When in taxis or other modes of transport put your belongings under your feet or in the back where they cannot be seen.
4. Valuables – Most hotels will have room safes where you can leave your valuables or will have a safe in reception.
5. Blend in - don't carry large bags or luggage with you all the time, leave valuables at your hotel, try and look and act like a local. If you must check your travel guide or map then step into a cafe or restaurant.
6. Wear backpack on front, bring travel purse - Again avoid carrying large bags, if you must carry a backpack wear it on your front. Invest in a travel wallet, where you can have your money and valuables hidden from view.
7. Be Aware - a commonly used phrase in Peru is Mosca or Fly, the saying means to be aware of your surroundings. When leaving a restaurant or nightclub be sure to check that you have not left any personal belongings.
8. Taxis - If possible always have your hotel call a reputable taxi driver for you if you decide to go explore your location further. Always agree on a price before you get into a taxi to avoid confusion later, taxis are seldom more than S/.20 for a local trip. If catching a cab away from your hotel be sure your driver has identification visible, if possible go to the nearest hotel and ask them to call you a cab.
The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol or just Sol. The current dollar to sol exchange rate is $1 = S/ 3.00
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). If you want to use a 110-volt appliance in Peru, you’ll need to buy a power adapter. Most outlets in Peru accept US standard two flat blade male. Some larger Hotels have US 110 volt outlets available.
We recommend you do some reading on Peru's history to make the most of your trip. Travel guides are a great resource, this way you get to know a little more about the locations you are visiting.
We can't stress the importance of learning about the incredible cuisine. Search for recipes online and make a list of dishes to try in Peru. These should include Ceviche, Pachamanca, Anticuchos, Papa a la Huancaina, Causa, Rocotto Relleno among others, there really are too many to name.
Learn a little Spanish. A little Spanish goes a long way in Peru, not only will it help you get better prices in cabs for example but you will be able to barter better on souvenirs and goods. Interacting with Peruvians will be more rewarding as you will learn where the local hot spots are as well as get recommendations for places to see and restaurants to try. Even just learning to say thank you (Gracias) and please (Por Favor) when asking for things will go a long way in how well you are treated by others.
Most importantly we ask that you travel with an open mind. Peruvian culture is very different from the westernized world with different values and customs. You should always be mindful of these and be very patient with people.
Although Peru is going through a great period of economic growth and prosperity it is still a third world nation and the service sector still needs room to better develop. We're sure you'll have a great time in Peru if you visit with no expectations and with an adventurous spirit, a relaxed attitude and curiosity to explore a new culture.